Roma’s latest signing, Ola Solbakken, is still reeling from excitement since Monday morning when he penned a long-term deal with the capital club.
The Norwegian attacker – who will join Roma as a free agent in January – discussed his decision to join Mourinho’s side in an interview with Avisa Nordland.
“When I first hurt my ankle and then my shoulder in July, I was afraid I’d miss my chance, but thankfully that’s not how things turned out,” Solbakken said of his links with other teams including Napoli and Frankfurt in the summer. “Some clubs trusted the exams I had with Bodø, others wanted to see me personally, but I was really down in those days. Luckily everything went well.”
On the Olimpico crowd, Solbakken remarked, “When, with Bodø, we lost in the second leg of the Conference League quarter-finals and Roma went 1-0 up, the atmosphere was insane. I’ve never felt so small on a football pitch, I was shivering.”
“I don’t know if I’ll play right or left wing, they told me I’ll have to cultivate my strengths. That’s all,” the 23-year-old replied when asked about his position on the pitch.
“I want to compete with the tempo of the league and of daily training and I want to see how I will work with my new teammates. Everything will be new for me and I’m honestly impatient to start this new adventure.”
“I’m sure it will be a very emotional journey. Roma wanted me a lot, they saw me in three live games and in over twenty matches on television. They know me well.”